Thursday, May 15, 2014

Blog Tour Stop!- The Twelve Kingdoms: The Mark of the Tala (The Twelve Kingdoms #1) by Jeffe Kennedy

Title:  The Twelve Kingdoms: The Mark of the Tala (The Twelve Kingdoms #1)  
Author:  Jeffe Kennedy
Publication Date: May 27th 2014 by Kensington
Goodreads URL: HERE
Plot:   Queen Of The Unknown
The tales tell of three sisters, daughters of the high king. The eldest, a valiant warrior-woman, heir to the kingdom. The youngest, the sweet beauty with her Prince Charming. No one says much about the middle princess, Andromeda. Andi, the other one.

Andi doesn't mind being invisible. She enjoys the company of her horse more than court, and she has a way of blending into the shadows. Until the day she meets a strange man riding, who keeps company with wolves and ravens, who rules a land of shapeshifters and demons. A country she'd thought was no more than legend--until he claims her as its queen.

In a moment everything changes: Her father, the wise king, becomes a warlord, suspicious and strategic. Whispers call her dead mother a traitor and a witch. Andi doesn't know if her own instincts can be trusted, as visions appear to her and her body begins to rebel.

For Andi, the time to learn her true nature has come. . . 


My Review 


The Mark of Tala was a great introduction into this intriguing trilogy!

Born of three sisters, the Andromeda or “Andi” is used to being the invisible one, the wildflower, over the seemly over looked sister. She is intuitive, doesn’t care for court life, and enjoys escaping to the outdoors to the countryside and wildlife.

But when one of those escapes leads to an encounter with the mysterious Rayfe, the King of Tala, soon the aloof Andi finds herself embarking on some revealing secrets and revelations. Among those being, she is to be Rayfe’s queen (due to an agreement made long ago) and her father has some darker side than meets the eye.

With love, mystery, danger, and magic in the air, how will everything pan out? And what about the Tala, the evil entity that Andi was taught to fear? Will she find her calling in them? Or will her union with Rayfe lead to destruction?

My thoughts: My first read by Jeffe Kennedy, I really enjoyed The Mark of Tala . It was fresh, different, and captivating. Especially the world of Tala and all of it’s customs and traditions! How interesting and “magical”! Such a different concept of shapeshifters!

I really admired the relationship of the three sisters and how throughout through we see specifically Andi coming out of her comfort zone and coming into her own and take a more proactive role in leadership she never thought herself treading.

What also sold me was Rayfe. His character was rough at first but as we got deeper we got to see a more diverse, charming, honorable, and intelligent side of him and the measures he will go to save his kingdom.

I am now curious as to the direction Ms. Kennedy will take the story as now we will see Amelia “Ami”, the youngest sister, and her Prince Charming’s story taking place. I wonder how that will play out as chaos, lies, and deception are in the air!

My Rating:
-Overall : 9
-Plot : 8.5-9
-Writing : 8.5-9
-Characters : 8.5-9
-Cover : 8.5-9


About the Author 

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Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author with a writing career that spans decades. Her fantasy BDSM romance, Petals and Thorns, originally published under the pen name Jennifer Paris, has won several reader awards. Sapphire, the first book in the Facets of Passion series, has placed first in multiple romance contests and the follow-up, Platinum, is climbing the charts. Her most recent works include three fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns, the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and the post-apocalyptic vampire erotica of the Blood Currency.

She is currently working on Master of the Opera and The Twelve Kingdoms, a fantasy trilogy.

Jeffe lives in Santa Fe, with two Maine coon cats, a border collie, plentiful free-range lizards and a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. Jeffe can be found online at her website: or every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog.



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